Agartala, October 31, 2022: Tripura Forest department has taken initiative to create 390 water bodies in all the eight districts of the state as part of “Mission Amrit Sarovar” to conserve water for the future, said Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) KS Sethi on Monday.
Addressing a press conference at the Civil Secretariat here in Agartala city on Monday afternoon, Sethi said that the Forest department has set a target of creation of 627 checkdams including Amrit Sarovar sites during the dry season. Accordingly, 390 water bodies will be created in eight districts throughout the state. These include- 58 sites in Unakoti district, 34 in North Tripura district, 36 in Khowai district, 46 in West Tripura district, 72 in Sepahijala district, 52 in Gomati district, 47 in South Tripura district and 45 in Dhalai district, he added.
Tripura government has recently started “Prati Ghore Sushasan” campaign with the aim of doorstep delivery of prominent schemes of both central and state. Accordingly, 14,797 seedlings have been supplied to 7,148 beneficiaries, 151 TRC’s have been distributed and 11 Agar registration done. Seedling planting has been done in 803 Anganwadi Centres. Besides this, revolving fund for an amount of Rs 1.22 crore has been distributed to 136 SHGs during the campaign, PCCF said.
Apart from this, the Forest department has carried out afforestation of 10,360 hectares in the ongoing financial year till September last through the funds available under externally aided projects, CAMPA, NAP, State Plan and MGNREGA. Four Nagar Vans have been inaugurated at Dharmangar, Kumarghat, Teliamura and Udaipur under Nagar Can Yojana. The central government has funded Rs 4 lakh/hectare to each Nagar Van.
Moreover, School Nursery Yojana has been started in 112 schools in 2020-21 and 2022-23 FYs for raising 1000 seedlings through students and spent Rs 11.2 lakh for this purpose. Under Chief Minister Swanirbhar Parivar Yojana, about 9.28 lakh seedlings were distributed to eligible beneficiaries and 9.35 lakh seedlings in 2021-22 and till September of 2022-23 FYs, respectively, PCCF told reporters.